Monday, October 1, 2012

01/10/12 Cap Ternay, Beach Reef & Mangrove Clean-up

On Thursday September 27th the GVI Seychelles Cap Ternay Expedition held a beach, reef and mangrove clean-up to promote the Project AWARE ‘Debris month of action’. The day’s activities started at 9am with people arriving from all over Mahe. Project partners, local NGOs and the local youth environment group all joined in to help the cause.

Groups were split up and allocated different areas within the marine park to collect debris, concentrating on the mangroves and beaches.  Following the morning’s clean-up, everyone returned to the expedition base for a well earned BBQ lunch and refreshments.

After lunch volunteers took to the water to undertake a reef clean-up and remove any litter found on the coral reef within the marine park.

We are delighted to say that no debris was found on the reef. Unfortunately, the same cannot be said of the beaches and mangroves where we managed to remove 70 bags of rubbish weighing in at 436kg! This included 28kg of plastic bottles (which we are going to recycle), a toilet and even a kitchen sink.

Our thanks go to representatives of the Seychelles National Parks Authority, Sustainability4Seychelles, WiseOceans, Mangroves For the Future, the Port Glaud District Authority,  Aksyon pou lavironman and everyone else for making the day a great success.